Despite six top-flight sides taking part in English F.A. Cup quarterfinals this weekend, the Barclays Premier League campaign continued.
Only three fixtures took place on Saturday, while Manchester City and Stoke played out a 0-0 draw at the Etihad back on Wednesday evening. The game was moved up, while Manchester City played in today’s F.A. Cup action.
Here is a recap of the day’s action from England, with video highlights of each match.
A.F.C. Bournemouth 3 – West Ham United 2
Despite missing two penalty kicks, Eddie Howe‘s Cherries outlasted West Ham at the Vitality Stadium. Joshua King‘s 90th minute winner proved to be the winner as the striker netted a hat-trick. King opened the game, missing from a ninth minute penalty after Charlie Daniels drew a foul inside the box. Michail Antonio slotted West Ham in front a minute later, before King’s nice controlled finish in the 31st minute leveled the match at 1-1. Benik Afobe saw his 37th minute penalty kick saved by Darren Randolph which kept the score at 1-1 going into halftime.
King put the hosts ahead 2-1 three minutes into the second half for his second goal of the match. Substitute Andre Ayew drew the Hammers level in the 83rd minute before King netted the winner seven minutes later. Randolph made six saves in the loss, while Artur Boruc made five saves in the win. West Ham stay in 11th, while Bournemouth remain in 14th.
Everton 3 – West Bromwich Albion 0
After losing 3-2 at Tottenham last weekend, Ronald Koeman‘s side bounced back with a convincing win over fellow top-half side West Brom. Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring after 39 minutes, rifling home a rebound. Morgan Schneiderlin‘s first goal for the club extended Everton’s lead to 2-0 right before halftime. Leading scorer Romelu Lukaku iced the match with a 82nd minute header from close range. The Belgian striker now is tied with Tottenham’s Harry Kane for the league lead in goals (19). Toffees keeper Joel Robles made two saves in the clean sheet, while West Brom looked dismal in the back-line which is normally their strength. Everton remain in seventh, which could be a European qualification spot if a top-six side lift the F.A. Cup this May. West Brom sit seven points off the Toffees in eighth place.
Hull City 2 – Swansea City 1
Substitute striker Oumar Niasse netted a nine minute brace to lift Hull over Swansea in a bottom-five battle. The striker opened the scoring for Hull in the 69th minute after slotting home on a fast-break. Nine minutes later, Niasse tapped home from close range after the striker took Ahmed Elmohamady‘s cross in stride. Alfie Mawson headed one back for the visiting Swans in the 90th minute but that was the closest Paul Clement‘s side would come. Forward Wayne Routledge wasted two opportunities for Swansea earlier in the match which easily could have changed the score-line. The Tigers move up a place to 18th, while Swansea stay in 16th only three points ahead of Hull.
Elsewhere, Arsenal and Manchester City booked their spots in the F.A. Cup semifinals with wins on Saturday. Manchester City defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 in the day’s early match thanks to goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Arsenal rolled to a 5-0 home drubbing of non-league Lincoln City. Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, and Aaron Ramsey all netted in the home win with an own-goal also adding to Arsenal’s goals.
Liverpool host Burnley on Sunday in the final EPL match of the weekend, while Tottenham host Millwall in Sunday’s F.A. Cup quarterfinal. Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening in the final F.A. Cup quarterfinal tie of the round.
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